Are you prepared for this season’s adventure? No doubt, when the weather breaks you’ll want to be out fishing on your boat. And whether you’ve invested in one big or small, it’s important to make sure that your boat is properly maintained throughout the year. Yes, routine maintenance and promptly making needed repairs will ensure that your boat is in the best condition possible when it’s time to take it out for the summer.
Importance of Boat Maintenance
There’s nothing worse than peeling off the boat cover after of months of the boat sitting idle only to discover that it is going to need a lot of work before you take it out. And not only is it disappointing, but it’s detrimental to your boat’s functionality, too. A boat that undergoes regular maintenance has improved performance. There are a few basic steps you should take to keep your boat ready for the season.
Much like cars, boats need to have their engine’s oil changed regularly in order to run smoothly. Routine oil changes not only improve fuel economy, but it also ultimately reduce maintenance costs. Your boat’s battery should also be ready for action. You’ll want to make sure that it’s charged – and don’t forget that conducting tests on your battery is also essential! Make sure that it is in good condition before you take your boat out on the water.
Perhaps the easiest thing you can do to maintain your boat is to give it a thorough washing after every outing. Regular washing with quality soap and a boat brush removes saltwater that can corrode fasteners, metal, and other hardware. Failing wiring, hoses and connects can also erode a boat’s usefulness. Regularly inspecting these components for damage and wear will improve your boat’s performance. In addition, it will help to prolong the life of the vessel.
Maintaining Your Fishing Gear
Fishing can be an expensive hobby. Keeping your fishing reels, tackle and rods in optimal condition will save you a lot of money in the long run. In fact, you can expect your equipment to last a long time with proper care. Maintaining your fishing gear involves a few different steps. First of all, clean the fishing rods and reels. Routine cleaning using a damp cloth will help force salt, dirt and grime off the gear. Make sure your fishing lures last throughout the season by cleaning them with warm water and lubricating them before you put them up for storage. Finally, your fishing gear should be stored on the right storage rack to prevent the rods from bending or rubbing against each other.
Wahoo Closed for the Winter
We have a one-of-a-kind deep-sea sports fishing charter in town. The Wahoo is a well-oiled machine that has become very popular. This fishing boat is fuel efficient, quiet while on the water, and smokeless. Yes, the legendary charter is the busiest in the area, although the Wahoo is currently closed for the winter – come back when summer beckons.